Annalissa Johnson announces bid for Rochester City Council's Sixth Ward
Local business owner Annalissa Johnson announced on Monday her candidacy for the Sixth Ward seat on the Rochester City Council.
Council Member Sandra Means, who has held the seat since 2003, announced earlier this year that she will not be seeking reelection.
Johnson is a veteran canine trainer and owner of Good Dog Camp, which has a studio just north of downtown. She has also volunteered for the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, United Way and Paws and Claws.
If elected, Johnson would focus on "neighborhood citizenry and cohesiveness, public safety, transportation, and connectivity around quality of life issues across Ward Six's diverse populations."
She would also support efforts to improve workforce attraction and retention and serve as an advocate for small businesses.
"I am a small business owner who takes pride in the city of Rochester, it's people who have built and continue to create the sense of place and community that is present here," she said in a news release. "I want to be an unbiased, and effective, voice for the residents of Ward Six."
Johnson did not lay out any specifics but said she "looks forward to connecting and listening with as many neighbors as possible" as she develops a platform. An event kicking off her campaign will be announced in the coming weeks.
Johnson is the first candidate to hop in the race for Ward Six. A total of four council seats will be up for grabs on Nov. 8.
(Cover photo courtesy Annalissa Johnson)